If you have a mobile phone, you will be traced.
The National Security Agency (NSA) in the US has just told its employees concerned about privacy to basically turn off their mobile devices if they don’t want to be tracked. It was highlighted that smartphones have built-in geolocation functions since it is a primary component of communication – which is why it is the easiest way to track someone.
Additionally, it is recommending several steps to hide your location in the best way possible – this includes turning off your device’s find-my-phone feature, turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and individually restricting location access to every app installed on your device.
Advertising permissions should also be disabled. This includes turning on ad tracking on your mobile browser and also resetting the advertising ID on your device on a weekly basis. Also avoid web browsing, since some websites are also able to track your location.
To sum it all up – if you really want to go off the grid, you simply need to get rid of your smartphone (or probably any electronic device for that matter). Since having a smartphone already means that you’re being tracked in some form, completely abandoning it is the only way to stay hidden.
Of course, this only relates to some NSA agents whose work could be compromised if they are not careful. Still, it gives you an idea as to how modern technology has evolved in a way that it can track us no matter where we are.